MMAM opens two new exhibitions


The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona will open two new temporary exhibitions in January. Opening on January 8 is “Tony Duran: California,” which features the photography of award-winning commercial, fashion, celebrity portrait, and architectural photographer Tony Duran.

“Frederick D. Somers: Miracle of Waters,” featuring oil and pastel paintings by the Northfield, Minn.,-native artist, opens on January 15. MMAM will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, January 12, in addition, there will be online versions of both exhibitions available for free at for those unable to attend in person.

Tony Duran is a Winona-born artist who has spent many years working as a freelance photographer all over the world, and has lived in Los Angeles, California for the last two decades. His break into fame occurred when he photographed musician Jennifer Lopez, which subsequently led him to photograph nearly every leading celebrity in the music, fashion, film, and television industries. His works have appeared on hundreds of magazine covers worldwide. “Artist and photographer Tony Duran often uses beaches, pools, fountains, and showers in his photo shoots,” says MMAM Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Jon Swanson, “and this exhibition features some of the biggest stars in the television, film, music, and fashion industries photographed in the waters of the Golden State. Water runs as a theme throughout much of Duran’s work.” On display are portraits of Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, and dozens more on the beaches, and in the pools and baths of California. “Tony Duran: California” runs through April 25, 2021. This exhibition contains nudity. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Miracle of Waters” features oil and pastel paintings by Northfield artist, Frederick D. Somers.

For more than 50 years, Somers’ works reflect themes from the land. Whether in intimate views of grass, rocks and water with reflections of light and sky, or in spacious vistas of the countryside, he seeks to

share the hidden places of nature. He continues to inspire others through his painting workshops in the United States and Scandinavia. “Frederick D. Somers: Miracle of Waters” runs through April 11, 2021.

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There is always something new to experience at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, your nonprofit art museum that engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water. It is located at 800 Riverview Drive in Winona and is surrounded by acres of native prairie gardens along the Mississippi River.

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